The start of the new ski season was finally able to begin on Thursday, after the original planned opening on December 10 was delayed due to bad weather. With the support of artificial snow, the Estância ski resort in the Serra da Estrela mountain range opened two slopes: Cântaro and Covão.
The news was eagerly anticipated after the opening, originally planned for December 10, of the new ski season at the Estância Ski Resort in the Serra da Estrela mountain range was postponed. But finally, on Thursday morning, the good news arrived: “Good morning. 2 slopes open (Cântaro and Covão) with the support of the conveyor belt and the Covão Teleski. We continue to produce snow to open more slopes tomorrow,” it can be read on the social media of the only ski resort in Portugal.
Taking into account the natural conditions, artificial snow has been produced to allow the first ski or snowboard descents. Both the Covão slope, 229 meters long, and the Cântaro slope, 155 meters long, are classified as “Very Easy.”
It should be noted that the resort manages 22 slopes, four levels of difficulty. If you already have autonomy on the slopes and don’t bring your own equipment, you can rent it on site. The full equipment for a day costs €25 and includes helmets, sticks, boots and a snowboard. The ticket that allows you to circulate within the resort, including the cable car, costs €25.
Before heading to the Serra da Estrela, be aware that sales associated with the Estância de Ski are made exclusively online.
If you have never tried skiing or snowboarding, you can use the school that offers individual or group lessons (from €45).